Fun with Alcohol and Explosives – Just Like the Founding Fathers Intended!

Although I have lived in the SF area for over 20 years, I have never before watched fireworks over the Bay; Steve *thinks* he remembers doing it once in his 25 years here. Neither of us are really big on crowds, and we don’t think it’s a good use of our time to drive somewhere …

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Tangled – A Raccoon Reunite Tale

As I’ve mentioned previously, while reuniting a separated baby raccoon with its mother is possible, there are several factors that come into play when determining if the attempt should be made (location, health of the baby, circumstances of intake, etc). The literal baby hand-off last year was a unique experience. Typically when a reunite is …

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Special Librarians Deserve Special Cider

As I think I’ve mentioned previously, finding a nice place to have a cider while travelling, or better yet a local cider to enjoy, has become an essential part of my travel planning in recent times. From a stop at the local bottle shop before departing Inverness in Scotland, to planning several evening stops while …

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Forks, Choices, Priorities, and Reflections

Just thinking about the many forks in the road that have led me to where I am, and I realized how much I have to thank Cassady for me ending up in California. During my senior year of college, I started applying for dramaturgy internships at theatres around the country. There weren’t many offered in …

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Blazing a Path on the Sonoma Cider Trail

The tasting room for Ace Cider is not the easiest place to get to, partially because you have to find it tucked away behind a warehouse on the grounds of their production facility, but primarily because it is only open from 1-5 on Friday afternoons. This was not someplace we could head to on a …

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Happy World Cider Day from Oakland!

In honor of World Cider Day, Steve and I headed over to Oakland with friend Marie to sample the offerings at Crooked City. Steve and I had been at the location previously for the NorCal Cider Classic the night before this year’s SF Cider Summit, but we hadn’t sampled the Crooked City ciders that evening. …

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Pollution doesn’t respect borders, but climate change has to be made local

You will probably get depressed reading this article, but it’s worth it to stick with it to the end. It ends on a hopeful note, and a lesson for talking about climate change. The plight of the polar bears may hurt me in my soul, but lots of people have more immediate concerns. If you …

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An Elegy

I’ve grown increasingly concerned over the last several months about the divisions in our country, and have been wondering how we’re going to reconcile and come back together. I thought about the last time that an iconic deep fracturing and cultural shift occurred throughout our society – when a liberal, inclusive movement clashed with old …

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Maybe They’ll Offer a Two for One Special!

GOP town halls go viral (The Hill) Last weekend, Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) told a crowded town hall that “nobody dies because they don’t have access to healthcare.” Feeling some backlash, he later posted a statement on FB to clarify exactly what he meant, if only the mean old media wouldn’t take him out of …

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